Ancient World

255ashoka-pillars

Emperor Ashoka

Fierce emperor-turned-promoter of peace, Emperor Ashoka of the Maurya Empire is known through the rock edicts and pillars that he had erected ...
Read more
255-x-2b2a1393

UNESCO tag yet Ahmedabad needs to do more

Debashish Nayak, Director, Centre for Heritage Management of Ahmedabad University has been working for ove...

Read more
255maurya_empire_c

Chandragupta Maurya

Born in a humble family, Chandragupta Maurya rose to build the largest empire on the Indian sub-continent with a prosperous economy and a powe...
Read more
de_lannoy_surrender255-x-204

History of Kerala

Known today as the Spice Garden of India, Kerala had prominent trading posts with the ancient Babylonians, Assyrians, Egyptians, Arabs, Phoeni...
Read more
eir255-x-204

History of Iceland

Icelands are Norse origin stock and Iceland is 7th richest in the world on per capita GDP and also boasts of world's oldest parliament ...
Read more
ancient-word

The VIKING Age

The name Viking brings up the image of seafaring savage warriors who plundered and destroyed regions of Europe. They had also been traders and...
Read more

Festival

255kalabhairava

Kalabhairav Jayanti

God of Time and the fierce manifestation of Lord Shiva, Kala Bhairava kills the ego and takes one towards liberation WORDS: MADHURI....
Read more
255maxresdefault

FESTIVALS: URBAN CELEBRATIONS

Many a festival like Ganesh Chaturthi was once limited to a close circle within the family living in villages during the 50s and before. Th...

Read more
kathakali_-play_with_kaurava-255-x204jpg

ONAM

Legendary King Mahabali once ruled Kerala and had sacrificed everything to make his people prosperous and happy. To this day he is remembered ...
Read more
durga_255-x-204temple_aihole

VARAHA JAYANTI

Chalukyas minted coins embossed with Varaha and it was also seen on their royal crest. Cholas and the Vijayanagar empire too adopted Varaha as...
Read more
festival

DATTATREYA JAYANTI

Symbolically Lord Dattatreya is depicted with three heads, six hands, four dogs, standing in front of a cow and tree. In his hands He holds a drum (damaru), discus like weapon (chakra), conch shell (sank...
Read more
festival-255-x-204

LOSAR Tibetan New Year

From being a farmer’s festival to a Buddhist festival it now represents a time of cleansing and evaluation WORDS: MADHURI. Y/vc_c...
Read more

Heritage

255dsc05342-1

Traversing the old city

A walk down the old city to discover the fascinating monuments that have been built in various places WORDS: TEAM URBAN VAASTU/vc_c...
Read more

Spirituality Insight

Pancha Brahma – Sadashiva

Lord Shiva in the form of Sadashiva is the five-faced God who ensures creation, protection, destruction, obscuration and revelation ...
Read more
255lord_krishna_with_flute

BHAGAVATA PURANA

Bhagavata Purana lays emphasis on dharma, bhakti and Advaita WORDS: MADHURI. Yvc_colu...
Read more
adi_shankaracharya-255-x-204

BHAJA GOVINDAM

Bhaja Govindam propounds bhakti yoga as a means to salvation WORDS: MADHURI. Yvc_colu...
Read more
devi_varahi255-x-204

VARAHOPANISHAD

Varaha shows how one can merge with the supreme self or Paramatma WORDS: MADHURI. Yvc...
Read more
spiritual

AVADHUTA GITA

Through the Avadhuta Gita, Dattatreya explained the non-duality of existence and that liberated souls merge into the formless one. W...
Read more
255-x-204

Teachings of The Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, spreads the message of kindness, tolerance and compassion./...
Read more

Temples of India

255picture-1

MUMBAI’S MOST POPULAR TEMPLE Siddhivinayak

The Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir attracts millions of devout visitors every year. Fortunately, the temple has been able to organise the...
Read more
kanaka-durga-temple-255-x-204

KANAKA DURGA TEMPLE Jewel of Amaravati

Perched on the Indrakeeladri Hills on the banks Krishna River nestles the famous Kanaka Durga Temple of Vijayawada, which is now part of Amaravati, upcoming capital of Andhra Pradesh. Dating back to the...
Read more
khajuraho_india255-x-204

VARAHA TEMPLES Symbols of love and bravery

In the Vishnu Purana, Varaha represents sacrifice, as the eternal upholder of Earth Words:STEFFI MAC/v...
Read more
temple

BRAHMA TEMPLE The Home of the Creator

Brahma temple in Pushkar is an architectural marvel. It is said to have been created by Lord Brahma Himself, The temple is an incredible tale ...
Read more
temple-255-x-204

GURUVAYUR WORDS: Abode of God’s Own Country

Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple is situated in a municipal town Guruvayur of Thrissur District of Kerala. It is the fourth largest temple in India in terms of the number of devotees visiting per day. Since...
Read more
255x204

BHADRACHALAM TEMPLE BHAKTA RAMDAS Beauty of faith, atmost devotion

Temples have been our place of solace and peace quite often. At times they have been the reason to help us deal with problems and then there a...
Read more